Waiata and the brain - Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu

Waiata and the brain

In this episode we cover:

  • Singing waiata to pēpi massively helps language development.
  • When pēpi is born they are able to respond to certain tones with a matching tone.
  • Singing and tone matching gives a basis for learning language.
  • You don’t need to be a good singer in order for them to get the advantages for their language development.
  • By singing 2-3 different waiata to your pēpi in te reo Māori you are exposing them to around 60 different Māori words and the unique sounds, giving them a great start if they wish to learn te reo later.